Chewy meet crispy meets so very chocolatey in one decadent dessert bite. These Rice Crispy Crunch Truffles are vegan, simple to make, and healthier than they look!
I’m not sure if truffles technically qualify as a holiday dessert or not? They are candy-like but with a little extra class. They are wonderfully shareable. They are much easier than cutting out cookies or preparing pies. So I think yes, they are holiday perfect!
Let’s talk spherical snacking semantics for a moment…
The name energy bite conjures up thoughts of a totally healthy treat fit for five-year-old fingers or a mid-hike trail-side snack alongside a handful of granola. It’s cute. It’s playful. It doesn’t take it’s snack self too seriously.
Now it’s sweet snack cousin the bliss ball conjures up thoughts of a superfood-filled, fruit-flavored treat that would fit in perfectly next to acai bowls and matcha lattes on an organic cafe menu. A little fancy. A little hippie. A little ball of zen.
And does anyone really know the technical difference between these two? Nah.
But then there is the truffle–the classiest of the spherical snack family if you ask me. That deep, delicious usually-dairy-filled center concealed under a delicate layer of dark chocolate. Rich and enticing. Not afraid to surprise you with unexpected nut or fruit additions. A treat of few bites, but much decadence.
Except Oreo truffles. The Oreo part knocks the classy right out of the truffle (and the cookie-deliciousness right in, of course!) But I digress.
Now I can’t ignore the technical differences between truffles and bliss balls. One is usually made of dried fruit and nuts, the other of chocolate and heavy cream. These truffles follow more closely the ingredient style of a bliss ball. But I have my ways of making them rich and decadent like a truffle, and still healthy too!
Inspired by one of my favorite chocolate candy bars, and my beaming baking bestie who just recently proved that rice crispy crunchy things can be very Christmas festive, these are not just truffles but Rice Crispy Crunch Truffles. Like a Crunch bar made healthier, rounder, and with that luscious truffle center!
Now onto the healthy but decadent truffle tips I mentioned…
No nuts. Nuts, I love you and all, but your little nubbly chunks hanging out inside my truffles would be a dead giveaway of the truffles’ secretly healthy identity.
Nuts on the outside–truffle appropriate. Nuts on the inside–that’s a bliss ball, my friend.
Instead of nuts, I used something that is going to sound even more health-dorky but once it runs through the food processor I promise no one will guess: cereal. Yes the breakfast stuff in a box. Since I already planned on making these crunch truffles with rice crispy cereal on the outside, for simplicity I tried just using the rice crispy cereal for the center too. And it worked perfectly! The cereal grinds up super fine so no tell-tale chunks, but it still makes for a roll-able truffle center. And no loss of fudgy-ness either like flour can sometimes lead to.
Extra cacao. In a typical bliss ball recipe of this size, I would probably use about 1/4 cup of cacao (or cocoa) powder. But these are not bliss balls, these are truffles. So let’s bump that up a bit…extra rich fudgy flavor here we come!
I mean can a truffle really be too rich? Actually it probably can, please don’t take that as a challenge!
The chocolate coating. One of the biggest distinguishing factors in my mind between truffle and ball o’ bliss is the coating. If it’s chocolate coated, odds are we’ve crossed into truffle territory. Remember those chocolate covered Chewy granola bars? Sure, they were amazing…but they weren’t exactly a healthy snack bar anymore (if they ever were, which is questionable). Chocolate coatings change things. One dunk in a big bowl of melted chocolate and snacks come out with an entirely different dessert-ier vibe.
And these truffles don’t just get a single dip in Lake Melted Chocolate. They get a chocolate dip, a rice crispy roll, and then an extra chocolate drizzle just to seal the crispy crunch coating deal.
These little chocolatey bites are teetering close to that line between bliss ball and truffle. Between classy and cereal-crunch silly. Between healthy snack and too many chocolate chips involved to qualify for that status. So call them what you like, eat them how you like, share them if you like, but just try them. Because they are chewy meet crispy meets very chocolatey all in one yummy bite!
Rice Crispy Crunch Truffles
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
- 1 cup rice crispy cereal
- ½ cup cacao powder
- 2-3 tbsp non-dairy milk
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup rice crispy cereal
In a food processor, combine the dates, rice crispy cereal, and cacao powder. Process until well combined with no large chunks remaining.
Add the non-dairy milk 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture clumps into a ball.
Roll into 10 bite-sized balls and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
Melt the chocolate chips.
Dip one ball into the melted chocolate, and evenly coat on all sides. Transfer to a small bowl full of the rice crispy cereal and toss to coat.
Move to a plate to dry and repeat with the remaining truffles.
Drizzle the excess melted chocolate on top and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes to set.
Enjoy. Keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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